Tuesday 25 July 2017

UCD Smurfit climbs up Global MBA Rankings

The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has moved up the global rankings, with its full-time MBA programme 70th in the world and 22nd in Europe. Stock Image
The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has moved up the global rankings, with its full-time MBA programme 70th in the world and 22nd in Europe. Stock Image

Sean Duffy

The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has moved up the global rankings, with its full-time MBA programme 70th in the world and 22nd in Europe.

It is out of step with a trend that has seen Irish universities slide in many rankings in the wake of rising entry numbers and budget cuts since the crash.

Smurfit's full-time MBA programme was placed in the top 10 in Europe for value for money and 16th globally, according to the 2017 'Financial Times' Full-Time Global MBA Rankings, published today. The research found graduates from the Smurfit MBA programme saw their salaries increase by 71pc on average within three years of completing the course.

The improved ranking comes just three months after UCD College of Business published an ambitious strategy, targeting Top 50 Global Business School status by 2020 and is a further step to achieving this major milestone.

"UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School can be proud of its record of accomplishment in the 'FT' Full-Time Global MBA Rankings, regarded by the market and peers as one of only a few highly respected benchmarks of excellence in business education," Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean at UCD College of Business, said. "This consistency puts UCD Smurfit School in a select group of fewer than 50 schools which have attained this accolade for 18 consecutive years. This is a great success and we are determined to do better for our students."

The 'Financial Times' Full-Time MBA rankings are highly regarded, and assess programmes based on criteria including career progress, employment, school and programme quality, research capabilities, and diversity.

Irish Independent

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